2021 NSW Local Government Elections

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2021 NSW Local Government Elections
Saturday 4 December 2021

The NSW Government announced a new date for the local government elections, now set for Saturday 4 December 2021.

The decision has been made after extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find information regarding the 2020/21 postponed elections on the NSW Electoral Commission website

This page will be updated as information comes to hand.

Become a Councillor

If you're passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.

For more information on how to become a Councillor please see the Office of Local Government website.

Six Steps to being a Candidate

The NSW Electoral Commission has released "Six Steps to being a Candidate" and also a publication known as the "Candidate Handbook" which provides information to candidates and councils. View a copy of the Candidate Handbook.

For more information visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for the Six steps to being a candidate.

Stand for your Community - Diversity Counts

Stand for your Community - Diversity Counts

People from all walks of life are encouraged to stand for their community and run for election to their local council as part of a new campaign to increase diversity in local government.

The NSW Government’s Stand for Your Community – Diversity Counts campaign aims to increase the number of candidates from under-represented groups at the September 4 council elections. The campaign is targeting women, younger people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, and members of culturally-diverse communities. It is paramount that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have a seat at the decision-making table in the level of government closest to the community.

Increasing Indigenous representation in local government would ensure Aboriginal culture, heritage and beliefs are taken into account when councils make important decisions for their local communities. The Government is also determined to close the gender gap in local government.

Less than a third of the state’s 1,300 councils are women and that’s why we must do all we can to increase female representation at a council level. It is also essential that local councils reflect our culturally diverse communities which bring many benefits to the State.

The Office of Local Government has also launched a comprehensive online training tool and guides for candidates to provide them with detailed information about running for election and the role and responsibilities of a councillor.

For more information about Stand for Your Community – Diversity Counts campaign, visit the Office of Local Government.

Work at the Local Government Election

The NSW Electoral Commission is inviting ‘Expressions of Interest’ from people who would like to work at the December 2021 Local Government Elections.

Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself.

More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website or contact the NSW Electoral Commission on 1300 135 736 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

Find your Ward

The Woollahra municipality, or local government area, is divided into five wards:

  • Bellevue Hill Ward
  • Cooper Ward
  • Double Bay Ward
  • Paddington Ward
  • Vaucluse Ward

Search our ward map to determine what ward your street is located in the Woollahra municipality.

Voting eligibility

If you are a resident in the Woollahra Council Local Government Area (Woollahra LGA) you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

A person is entitled to vote at a council election if they are:

  • at least eighteen years of age and an Australian citizen
  • a resident of the council's area or a non-resident owner of rateable land or an occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land in the council's area.

Each person has only one vote for any council, and voting is compulsory for residents (but not for people on the non-residential roll). If you are unable to vote on Election Day due to disability, illness or travel you can apply for a postal vote or a pre-poll vote. There is no absentee voting in council elections.

Please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for further information regarding postal and pre-poll voting.

Non-Residential Roll

People who do not live in the Woollahra LGA may be entitled to register to be included on the non-residential roll and to vote at the Local Government election.

In order to qualify for enrolment on the non-residential roll you must be eligible to vote at Federal and State elections.

You can enrol on the non-residential roll, if you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the Woollahra LGA; or
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the Woollahra LGA.

A non-residential roll is only valid for the council election it is prepared for, so you must re-enrol for every election even if you have registered for a previous election.

To be on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land in the Woollahra LGA, you must be:

  • the sole owner of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several owners of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who own the rateable land, or
  • the lessee of the land from the Crown and the land is rateable Crown land.

Use the form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees to apply to be on a non-residential roll.

To be on the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees in the Woollahra LGA, you must be:

  • the sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land, and have the legal right to occupy the land, or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for 3 years following the date you apply to be on the roll.

Use the form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees to apply to be on a non-residential roll.

Complete the form and forward this to the General Manager by any of the following methods:

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election will close at 6pm on Monday, 25 October 2021.

For more information on local government elections, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Key dates for the election

Key dateEvent
Monday, 25 October 2021 Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
Candidate nominations open
Wednesday, 3 November 2021 Close of candidate nominations (12pm)
Registration of electoral materials commences
Friday, 5 November 2021 Caretaker period commences
Monday, 22 November 2021 Pre-poll voting opens
Friday, 26 November 2021 Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)
Monday, 29 November 2021 Postal vote applications close (5pm)
Friday, 3 December 2021 Declared institutions voting closes (6pm)
Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
Saturday, 4 December 2021 Election day (8am-6pm)
Friday, 17 December 2021 Return of postal votes closes (6pm)
Note: It is important to note that electors should still return their postal vote as soon as possible.
Tuesday, 21 December to
Thursday, 23 December 2021
Declaration of the Poll - results declared progressively as counts finalised by election manager

For more information on local government elections, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.